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Why be afraid? by diamondscan Why be afraid? by diamondscan
"No one is looking at you, so why be afraid? You have all the time in the world."

technicals:

bathtub with blue tub tints, self timer, self reflections, this is what came out of the camera, no manips. I took what I could get. :shrug: I wish there weren't so much skin hanging out on the right, and I could manip it out but I'm not touching this photo. This is what I looked like earlier tonight. This is what happened.


I'm doing these self portraits for class. Don't worry about me, I'm just having some fun exploring my psyche. ;)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-04-29
There's something serene about being under water, something of comfort in the silence, the feeling of weightlessness, the cool moisture on your skin. This is what Why be afraid? by =diamondscan reminds me of. And part of the reason this photograph touched me so. It's also well-shot, with brilliant detail and color, and just simply visually beautiful. ( Featured by MPsai )
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ArtemisFowl11 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's really good
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tinster666 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
I like it
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Mell0nC0llie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007   Photographer
hey, I featured your work in my journal.
look here if you like: [link]
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fjellrype Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
wow, lovely.. kinda sad:tears:
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silver-dog09 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a very tranquil piece; it makes me almost feel the water...
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colorfultragedy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
Beautiful.
What is "No one is looking at you, so why be afraid? You have all the time in the world." from?
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diamondscan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
Eh, that's just something I told myself when I was 17. :shrug:
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squiter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005
even if it was for a class.... it still might have some connection to some people... good job.. I like the photo.
Keep up the good work.... if they are all like this I may just keep an eye on u. ya know.
*tips hat*
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LovelyShrew Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2005
this is trule beautiful
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joesr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
I like this awesome picture very much and mentioned it in my journal as thumbnail - hope it's OK!?
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hypnoticat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
i love your gallery!! amazing :)
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Lady-Lire Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2005
Lovely.
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Zak- Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005   Photographer
Hi ,

Nice work , like the picture and its mood :)

Btw , saw you commented above you took 5 or 6 shots in the tub that time .. any chance of seeing some more like this one ? :)
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diamondscan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005
Out of the 5 or 6, only two really were worth showing. I think the other one is floating around in my gallery somewhere. :shrug:
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Syaoronsangel Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
That looks great. You did that all my yourself? Wow. I would have screwed up so bad. I would get out and be like, did the picture get taken? lol I love the blue tint of it and I like how you look relaxed. You're right, the skin maniped out would make it look better, but there are just some things that are better to be left untouched.
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da-fees Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I must first say, I saw this photo last night, and I looked at it, and looked at it. . . . At first I was just like "meh," but after looking at it for a while, I grew to realize, it's a pretty darn good picture. . . . I love the effect with the blue tints, and the way the hair just has that flowy feel. . . I'm pretty much in agreement with most of the praises people have stated about this photo, and like some about the only gripe I could see is maybe a bit more of the arm on the right should've been underwater, other than that it was all nicely done! :fav+:
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Demothenes Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
:jawdrop: I love the look! I love water too... although I am curious to know if some one else took the shot. I love the idea, and the result turned out to be incredible.
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diamondscan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Nope, it was a carefully placed tripod and a 10 second timer. The water in the nose was a pain in the ass though. :lol:
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Demothenes Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
I bet. I hate it when water gets up my nose. But the pic turned out bloody good, and I am happy for you that it did. :)
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carondelet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation.

I think you did very well with taking this photo alone, using a self-timer. The positioning is perhaps not quite where you might want it to be, but the photo still has impact. For me it holds conflicting messages of peaceful solitude and final surrender (perhaps those could be one and the same thing?).

Though it would be lovely for your arm to be completely submerged and to see more of the flow of your hair on the left of the image, the ripples and the shadows and highlights they create, in addition to the gentle turning of your hair, make for a wonderfully evocative photo. The blue tint is very nicely rendered, just the right shade of blue in my opinion, not too garish, not too pale. It gives a feeling of coolness to the image and adds a depth to it as well (no watery pun intended). For a photo that was taken unassisted and submitted untouched, I think it is quite lovely. Congratulations again.
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Xinoir Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Unbelievably gorgeous. I can strongly relate to this, thank you.... :+fav:

:star: :star: star:
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SweetSkylie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Hobbyist
Wow,...Lovly..
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ForestFaeri Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
May I ask how you get the camera to hover over you with the self timer, I have trouble with this.
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diamondscan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Well my tripod has an action ballgrip head, so it swivels everywhere, and the legs are pretty flexible too. Okay... and some of the legs of the tripod were in the bathtub too... but I was deathly afraid the camera would fall in. ^^;
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lagatafritz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
beautiful.

:heart: water :excited:
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Fristles Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005   Photographer
Cool shot! Congrats on the DD!
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loveforRuka Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa lots of comments, but I'd like to saw the blue tint makes it wonderful!
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CeeKari Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Student
It is very pretty. It looks very deep, even if you didn't mean it to be, like there's meaning behind it. I like it!
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Mortiel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
It's great... I love the idea of being quiet and peaceful in such a "sofocating" circunstance...
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TadBit-Lonely Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
For an unedited self shot, this is really, really nice. The blue tint isn't too dark and isn't too light; it makes me think of purity, as opposed to the dirty, litter-covoured beaches and disgustingly bleached pools that are too white. The ripples in the water are subtle, and there aren't too many of them to draw the eye away from the rest of the image; in fact, the small wrinkles compliment the overall picture. Also, with your shoulder a bit out of the water like this, it really adds to the title of "Why be afraid?" because, to me, it says that you're never as far in as you think you are, that you can still get out--if only you don't panic and scream, because then, water will fill your lungs, and you might drown, right before you surface... and I don't mean with just water and swimming, either. This seems a bit like a universal picture, and you made it even moreso by including water--what most of the earth, and a large portion of world's organisms are mostly comprised of...

And again.. an unedited timer shot... *tsks and faves it* :sushi: :+favlove:
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Organized-Kaos Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
awsome job!
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shadowwolfgirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
This is very nice, I like what you've done to it ^ ^
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ilovepirates4 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005   Photographer
awesome pic. it would be a lot easier if someone took if for you, but yeah. i'd like to see ALL the hair floating in the water..it would look a lot more mysterious or something. overall, great idea!
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shitoyaka Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
wow.
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lucylooloo2u Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
wonderful ripples!!
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runty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Student General Artist
Wooowww o.O

Just looking at that picture I feel that calmness and soft, cool feeling you get when you're deep underwater.... this pic is awesome...

Gonna favorite it right away.. :)
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Digi-Muse Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Student General Artist
Goodness, this is beautiful...so much emotion...<3
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LgthAoshi14 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
i love this affect. it's really amazing! great job! :aww:
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1980 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
i agree that it would've been great it you were completely submerged, but i think the photo looks great, nonetheless. it's the raw, unpolished look of it that adds character, i think.

maybe you could attempt another shot similar to this one. ^^
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aoitenshi14 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
cool! that's all i can say. speechless
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JulieStardust Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Lovely picture, itīs amazing to know that you didnīt manipulate it! Congrats! =D
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LoopyWolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional General Artist
Did you know mankind used to live in the sea?
There's a fascinating theory by Demond Morris, and it explains why we have blubber and not fur, why babies hold their breath instinctively, and why our hair grows radially instead of laterally..
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airielrian Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Student General Artist
Is that so?
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SempaiMiles Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
hm...Excellent photograph! The vibrant color, the subtle light changes, and the intense detail make this one a :+fav: for sure!

-Miles
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23-7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005   Photographer
very very cool.... i like the blue tint....

but a few quesions....

how did you take this??? and what are self reflections???

anyway, very sexy work done.

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diamondscan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
I set my ten second timer up, pressed the button and dove underwater. ^^; I'm just thinking about what's going on in my head and what's going on in my life. Sorting it out you know?

Thanks for the comment! :D
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BriefLeaf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I love being underwater, too... there IS something so nice about it. I often wish I could breathe underwater just to enjoy it more...

I just love this photograph. It is REALLY a piece of art-- the wave of your hair and the ripples on the surface REALLY bring this out. Great job and congrats on the DD! :clap:
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shinitama Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005   General Artist
This looks so serene and peaceful, definately an "I have all the time in the world" type feeling. :) Icredibly beautiful. :+favlove:
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KaminaRhea Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Ooh that 's a very facinating self portrait! I wish I were as inventive ^_^
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